How To Remove Background In Photoshop Elements

Removing background in Photoshop Elements can be an easy way to create a graphic that can be used in multiple ways. Many people who use Photoshop Elements wonder if this is something they can do with the tool. So how can you remove the background in Elements?

When you want to remove the background of any image on Photoshop Elements, you can do so using the selection tool. By selecting what you want in your transparent image, you can then create a layer mask that will ‘remove’ the background and leave the image completely transparent and you can even add new background.

If you are looking to remove the background of any image in Photoshop Elements, then you are in the right place! Keep reading this article for more information on how to create a transparent image and the process you need to follow to make this happen!

Removing The Background Using Photoshop Elements

Are you looking to change up the background of an image using the Photoshop Elements software? If that is the case, you can achieve this result using these steps:

  1. Launch Photoshop Elements on your preferred device.
  2. Switch to Expert Mode on Photoshop Elements.
  3. Open up the image you want to edit on your Photoshop Elements software.
  4. Use a selection tool to select the area you want to keep in the layer.
  5. Choose between the Polygonal Lasso Tool Lasso Tool to make the selection.
  6. Use the Refine Edge Tool to clean up your selection further.
  7. Use The Zoom Tool within the Refine Edge menu to close up and clean any leftover spots that are still selected or unselected. 
  8. Once you are happy with the selection, under the ‘Output’ setting, you can choose what you want to output the selection to, from the dropdown menu.
  9. If you want to create a layer mask, choose ‘New Layer With Layer Mask.’
  10. You will now have the image without the background available in Elements.

With all these steps, you are ready to start creating your own transparent images! You can now create your own image assets, such as stickers, backgrounds, and even images that you can later sell! 

If you want to see a video tutorial showcasing this entire process, you can check out this look at how to create a transparent image in Photoshop Elements:

Selection Tools In Photoshop Elements

Including the two tools mentioned in the tutorial above, Photoshop Elements includes a number of selection tools that you can use depending on your needs from the image. Suppose you are interested in selecting various elements in your images. You can find most of these selection tools within the Tools panel on the left of your Photoshop Elements screen!

  • Rectangle Marquee Tool: this is the tool you should use when you select something that can be encompassed in either a square or a rectangle. 
  • Elliptical Marquee Tool: with this tool, you can select areas that are either circular, or in the shape of an oval or an elliptical area. 
  • Lasso Tool: this tool helps to create freehanded borders that are precise and easy to select complicated areas that may be rounded.
  • Polygonal Lasso Tool: works best as a tool when you have a subject that needs to be selected but has straight edges that can create a polygon form.
  • Magnetic Lasso Tool: creates a magnetic border that snaps towards the edges of your subject as you drag over the subject area. 
  • Magic Wand Tool: This tool selects all of the areas on an image that is in one color. 
  • Quick Selection Tool: Select an area on the basis of color and texture when you drag over the image with your subject.

As you can see, there are many different ways to select items in Photoshop Elements! Make sure to experiment to find the perfect tool for your subject. 

Final Thoughts

Getting a transparent image requires practice and time as you learn to finesse it, especially when looking at subjects with complicated borders, such as hair or fur. However, with a little practice, you can make your images shine by making them into a transparent PNG! We hope this article was helpful in aiding your next project!